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Old Jan 23, 2011, 3:02 PM   #1
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Default After the kit lenses, what would be a good choice for my Canon t1i

I've got the Canon 18-55, 55-250, and the f1.8 50mm.

I'm traveling abroad in a couple of months and I'm looking for a good walk around lens. I would like image stabilization and hopefully better image quality than the kit lenses. My budget is around $700.

I'm thinking about either the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, and the Tamron 17-50/2.8 VC. Are these good choices and if you were choosing, which would you go with?

Just for the heck of it, what about the Tamron AF18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 lens? Is it trying to do it all with not the best results. Little bulky as well.

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Old Jan 23, 2011, 3:11 PM   #2
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The 17-50 2.8 VC is not as good as the non VC version. I would get the ef-s 17-55 2.8 IS, but that is really expensive or the non vc version or the sigma 17-70 OS if you were looking for a fast prime.

If you want a very good walk around lens the the ef-s 15-85 IS is a excellent choice. Great lens.

Yes the tamron 18-270 would be my choice for an all in one lens. But it will not produce as good images as the setup you have now. There is more distortion with the mega zoom lens then a 2 lens option.
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Of the two you mentioned, the 15-85 is a better lens.

Remember that your 18-55 IS kit lens is very good, so don't expect a big improvement.

What would you like to do that you haven't been able to?
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Old Jan 23, 2011, 7:20 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies.

@ TCav, I just wanted a range somewhere between 15-100 give or take, so I didn't have to change lenses when I want to jump slightly above what the 18-55 has. At the same time, improvement on glass would be nice for sure.

Seems as though the 15-85 IS will just give me a little more reach. I think for the saving, I can just change to my 55-250.

Maybe it's best to just use what I have and hold out for something that I'll actually tell the difference in image quality not just reach.
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There is a bit more then just the range on the 15-85. It does have USM, and it makes taking shot of action allot better as it will focus much faster. There is a IQ jump. It is a higher grade lens.
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I agree with shoturtle that the 15-85 is excellent, and would probably work out well for you.
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I'll go take a look at the 15-85. I guess it would be an upgrade.

Thanks for your time. Much appreciated.
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I've just moved this one to the Canon dSLR lens section rather than the add on lens section which was for tele/wide angle converters for point and shoot cameras.

The 15-85 should do a great job!
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I have the same lenses and I take them with me to most places. Last year I used the 55-250 around the parks in Florida Its seemed to cover all the bases for me plus it was light. What I did was put one lens on a used it all day, I took the 55-250 on a road trip to Key West It took some really good shots, using just one lens made me think about composion more. Have a good trip
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The 15-85mm Canon would be a good choice in your price range over the 3th party lenses. Now if you can swing for the extra cost the Canon 17-55mm f2.8 efs lens is a real winner. My wife loves the Canon lens and tells me how great it is almost everyday. I have to take her word for it as she won't let me touch HER lens.
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